Would like to become a good driver – or if you’re a good driver, become better still? Many people think way too much about how they can pass their driving test without considering the most important question, how can I become a good and safe driver for the rest of my life?
When you become a good driver, you save lives, but when you pass your practical test only because you want to get your drivers licence, you have the potential to become a mediocre driver and hurt lives in future.
How to Become a Good Driver and Pass your Driving Test
To become a good driver the first thing you need to do is to find a good driving instructor. By using a great driving instructor it will speed up the learning to drive the process. Great driving instructors are hard to come by, but they are out there. One of the best ways to find a good driving instructor is to ask family and friends for their experiences with their instructor. If that doesn’t work then reviews on driving schools websites, On the reviews make sure you can see pictures of people not just their names and postcodes. A picture is as they say wort a thousand words.
Remember, as a great driver, you should always think about road safety first.
You have got your Driving Instructor, What’s Next?
Now you have a great driving instructor, it’s important to use them in the most efficient way. By this I mean you should get a plan in place for ALL your driving lessons. Structured lessons help to learn to drive the process. I would suggest doing at least 4 hours a week minimum or more if you have the time. Lessons should be at least 2 hours long, this gives you time to take in all the information and gives you time to practice practice practice. Always ask questions of your driving instructor about what you are been taught. The more questions you ask the quicker you will learn. So don’t be a passive learner and NEVER EVER be afraid to ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid answers.
Not Passed The Theory Test?
If you have not yet passed your theory test then this is the most important thing to get passed as soon as possible.
As you will be able to see on our website, we have all the latest DVSA questions and hazard perception clips and much much more. Here is a link to all our latest resources.
It takes around 15 hours of studying of our resources to get up to the theory test standard. There is a lot to learn, the more you learn for our resources the less driving lessons you will need. So what are you waiting for? Get studying.
Only when the theory test is passed can you book a practical driving test. The theory test once passed is valid for 2 years.
As I mentioned above it’s important to have structure. All lessons must be planned out. Your driving instructor should let you know what you will be doing in your next lesson. This will give you a chance to do a bit of homework. No, I don’t mean you should get in a car on your own. I mean you should get on google and or YOUTUBE and do a bit of research on your upcoming driving lesson. Also, ask your instructor to give you feedback on your driving lesson at the end of your lesson. Good feedback as well as bad feedback. You need to hear both. Trust your driving instructor. She or He is there to help you. Good feedback from your driving lessons will help confidence and feedback on the stuff you are not good at will help you improve. Always put a lot of time into the things you are not that confident at. It’s a bit of a waste of time practising the things you are great at.
Driving Test Day
Now your driving test date has come around and you will be feeling nervous (you are human after all). Have you asked yourself this question? Why do so many people fail to pass their driving test the first time? Did you know only 47% of people pass their driving test the first time?
Follow this link if you want to pass your driving test the first time: Why People Fail The Driving Test.
The first thing to check is that you have your provisional driving licence with you on the day of your driving test ( No provisional licence with you on the day of your driving test means NO driving test ).
Stay focused on what you have learnt on your driving lessons, Don’t worry too much about your driving examiner. They are not there to fail you. The only person who can fail you is YOU.
After doing all the hard work on your driving lessons I think you will be pleasantly surprised how easy the actual driving test is. Just stay focused throughout your driving test. If you are unsure of what the driving examiner is asking you just ask them to repeat the directions. The driving test is not a route-finding exercise. All the driving examiners are looking for is a safe driver.
Driving test passed – now become a Great Driver
Now you have passed your driving test that is not the end of the learning process, in fact, it’s the beginning of it.
Top 5 tips on becoming a better driver
To become a better driver, you can take various measures and courses to improve your skill set. These are listed below in order of how easy they are to for you to put into practice.
The Highway Code is there to help you understand your reasonability to all other road users.
Keeping up to date with any and all changes to the Highway Code rules and recommendations, and even just occasionally having a look through the new updates will help keep you informed and make you a much better driver. Knowing the Highway Code will keep you and every road user you meet safer.
If you have just passed your driving test, the best way to improve your driving skill is to do the pass plus course which is endorsed by the DVLA and the DVSA. The pass plus course will help with your confidence and help you drive for the first time on your own.
There is a minimum of six hours of extra training for those who have passed the practical driving course and consists of six modules. It is the best way to improve your driving skill as a new driver and make you into the better driver you want to be. In many cases it can save you on your insurance premiums.
The six modules are as follows:
- All weather driving
- In town driving
- Driving on rural road
- Motorway driving
- Driving on Dual Carriageways
- Night time driving
As you can see from the above, learning these specific skill sets more thoroughly will help to improve your competence as a driver.
In a nutshell, defensive driving is where you are aware of any potential hazards – it’s about being aware of not just your driving but everyone one else around you.
As humans we all make mistakes, so if someone else does make a mistake, defensive driving will make you better at being able to anticipate that mistake. Using defensive driving techniques, you can make changes to your driving to help avoid any accidents or incidents, which will help keep you and all other road users safe.
Advanced Driving course.
Even if you consider yourself a good driver there is always room for improvement. The Advanced driving course covers a range of town and country driving situations and it aims are to help you deal with other road users’ behaviour and the best way to deal with unpredictable road situations. It will help you keep your vehicle in the right place, at the right time whilst driving. Advanced driving requires a very high level of driving skills and competence and will help you on your way to becoming the best driver you can be.
There are other benefits to becoming an advanced driver, as it can help you not only save on insurance premiums but also help save on fuel consumption and wear and tear on your vehicle.
Skid pan driver training.
All drivers will skid at some stage in their time driving. If youi really want to push your driving to the next level, skid pan driver training is there to help you learn how to control your vehicle in wet, icy and or snowy conditions. It helps you identify different types of skids and how to deal with them in a safe manner.
Skip pan training will take your understanding of how to control your vehicle in difficult situations and takes place on skid pans which are normally lubricated concrete or tarmac surfaces.
Skid pan training helps you to avoid getting into skidding situations in the first place, and if you do happen to skid it will teach you the best way to get out safely.
Becoming a great driver should be a life long goal. You can never be too good a driver. Make it your goal to get better each and every time you drive. I know I do. I have been teaching people to drive for over 25 years and I still try and improve each and every time I drive. We all make driving mistakes, it’s very important to learn from them. If in a few years time you feel you have become a good driver. May I suggest doing the advanced driving test? It will help you with becoming a great driver.
PS: Don’t forget to enjoy driving, I know I do. May I wish you many happy years being a good driver!
Last updated: 09/11/2022